Dobi the Doberman-Lab Mix with Torn Knee Ligament (CCL Tear, CCR) & Bad Hips

Testimony of Doberman Rehabilitation –

Tricia’s Thoughts –

“Our old Lab-Doberman mix blew out his knee darting after a squirrel and only narrowly avoided surgery since he had a small amount of stability left.

I reached out to Deb, and I’m so glad I did. Her plan was honestly a lot of work, but it paid off beautifully. Our pup got better than I ever thought possible and even came out of the whole experience with super muscular dog legs!

I love that Deb comes right to your house and works with you in your own environment. A lot of the time we’d look around the house or neighborhood to find good places or items to make drills out of. She’s extremely knowledgeable and worked well with our vet to get him (Dobi) on the right medications and dosages.

On top of it all, you can tell she genuinely cares. That goes a long way with me.

I highly recommend her services for your own busted up dog!”
Tricia E. Austin, TX , Oct. 1, 2016)

(^^Copied from Yelp Review)

Nick’s Thoughts –

Dobi Cavalettis for Rehab Work After 4 Week Intro Program Complete. Other Cavaletti Photos are Under the Photos Section or You May Find Them by Searching Cavalettis.

“When our 10-year-old lab mix busted his knee, he was in rough shape and only narrowly avoided surgery. Luckily, we found Deb and got the opportunity to work with her in person.

She had us read her book before our first meeting. The book itself is in invaluable. It’s a short read, but it lays out a basic plan with lots of explanation and support for each technique. The combined force of the book and Deb’s physical therapy sessions healed our pup more than we thought possible, especially given his age. The program does take work, but the results really are extraordinary.

Whether you can work with Deb in person or not, this book is a must if you have a dog in recovery.”

Nick E., Oct. 1, 2016

(^^Copied from Amazon review)

Rehab Deb’s Thoughts 5/26/17

Dobi’s mom, Trish, found me via this (my) website and reached out to me Dec. 1, 2014.

Trish and Nick performed the work I recommended, and Dobi has maintained very good function through the past couple of years, despite some other health issues. Dobi was almost 10 years old when I met him, and in the past year Trish has reached out to me to confirm with me where to return to in the recovery program after Dobi’s ongoing internal medicine issues were being diagnosed and treated.

Please click on the link below to see a short video of Dobi walking after slightly less than two months of work:

2015 3-17 Dobi Short Indoor Walk Improved

Once a pet caretaker, partner, “parent” works through the program as I have recommended it and everyone has seen the positive results, the same program may be returned to over the years as new injuries or illnesses occur. Sometimes there are new medical or physical situations that require a different protocol than the one I originally recommended. In Dobi’s case, his program could stay almost the same and used toward recovery after new diagnoses.

Rehabdeb, May 26, 2017

Updated with new photos March 28, 2018

Neurological and Paralysis – German Shepherd FCE

FCE Rehab for Yiqqyir the Shepherd Mix

“Y” had an FCE (fibrocartilaginous embolism) and has regained almost “normal” function in her left hind leg while her right is dragging and lagging 🙂 This is our first meeting, and Y is doing much better than it sounded like she might be doing when we were exchanging emails! She was not knuckling (bending over her paw and dragging or walking on the top) during our visit when she was made to go very slowly. I began her on a basic endurance and foundation strength-building walking program. Some of our discussion is in the video, and hopefully it begins to answer some questions you may have.

Update: Y’s caretaker emailed this to me shortly after our visit:
“Have been working out with Yiqqiyr as directed. She is doing FABULOUSLY!”
“Friday after I went home from seeing you, we did a walk and two massage sessions. Saturday we walked 3×15 min and did 3 massage sessions. Sunday was the same. Monday I was off work at the office for the holiday, so we were able to keep the same schedule.”

By the way, my videographer has a dog that had similar problems after back surgery years ago, and he has done great! His rehab went well, family followed instructions, including restrictions, and years later he is going strong and able to play rugby with his kray-kray sister dog 🙂

There are MANY conditions that can lead to an animal dragging the hind feet, and the number one cause I see is protruding disks. If your pet is not paralyzed, you DO need to see a vet and work on getting a diagnosis. The treatments are different for the different causes of nerve damage. If your pet IS paralyzed, the sooner you get to the vet, the better. In my area complete lack of limb use gets you an appointment with a surgery specialist. Mild to moderate nerve issues may be dealt with using appropriate drugs and restrictions, depending on the diagnosis.

Blessings-